It ain’t easy being Ronda. She’s gone from virtual unknown to the next great female hope, to a international superstar in the span of about 18 months. It’s weird for her, no doubt. Now she’s not only a superstar, she’s a leader. There is more hanging off her shoulders than a championship belt.
So Ronda spoke to MMA Junkie to discuss her legacy, her future, and the void she doesn’t want to leave when it’s time to say goodbye.
“Everyone loved Gina and Gina really started all the interest in women’s MMA, and when she left, the entire sport detonated without her,” Rousey told MMAjunkie. “I never want to leave the sport in that state she had to when she left. I’ve really accomplished a lot at this point, and I’m starting to think about more than just the present moment and thinking more down the line and how I want to leave some sort of a legacy.”
“I really want there to be women’s MMA fights in the UFC 20 years from now and be able to sit there and just revel in what was created – the way I see Royce Gracie sitting front row to the UFC’s now,” Rousey said. “I want to really be able to sit and have that look of contentment and have that smile that I see Royce with when he’s at those events.”